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Cisco + Jasper: Unlocking the IoT

May 20, 2017

Cisco + Jasper: Unlocking the IoT

“IoT is a key piece of enabling digital transformation for today’s enterprises,” says Carrie MacGillivray, vice president, Mobile & Internet of Things at IDC. “Cisco already has the network equipment, cloud, analytics and security layers, and the addition of Jasper brings the critical IoT service platform layer needed to provide enterprises with a complete digitization strategy. This acquisition provides value for both Cisco and Jasper’s enterprise customers, their service provider partners, and broader IoT ecosystem partners.”

Prior to the acquisition, Jasper was managing and driving a wide range of connected devices and services ranging from cars to jet engines to implanted pacemakers for more than 3,500 enterprises worldwide. The company also had a channel program and offered partners a recurring revenue-based business model via its cloud-based platform, Control Center — all traits that complement Cisco’s go-to-market strategy.

Earlier this year, we published an article titled, “What to Look for in the Internet of Things.” The article talked about how the network is becoming more important than ever, and it spelled out three critical qualities to look for in an IoT platform. Check out how Cisco Jasper meets those criteria:

  1. IPv6 Support. For years Cisco has been touting the importance of IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6), which overcomes the IP address limits of IPv4 and features built-in IP Security (IPSec). Last year, Cisco also predicted that around 66 percent of mobile connections will be IPv6 compatible by 2020, up from 36 percent in 2015. Additionally, it projected IPv6 traffic in 2020 will account for 54 percent of the total mobile traffic — up from 13 percent today.
  2. Embedded Security. IoT takes the network closer to the data source, which requires a comprehensive security strategy to protect IoT sensors from cyberattacks. Cisco IoT System Security is a system of Cisco switches, routers and appliances designed for IoT environments that addresses operational technology (OT)-specific needs from the edge to the cloud.
  3. REST APIs. The Representational State Transfer Application Program Interface (REST API) is an architectural style and communication approach often used with web services and cloud computing. REST APIs are often preferred in IoT deployments over other protocols, such as SOAP, because REST uses less bandwidth and features a decoupled architecture, which allows components to perform their tasks independently of each other. A look at Cisco’s IoT developer website shows it is highly invested in the REST API protocol.

IoT is increasing the connectedness of people and things on a once-unimaginable scale. The Cisco Jasper acquisition allows IT solution providers to bring IoT solutions to market more quickly, while at the same time increasing efficiency, adapting to changing regulatory requirements and managing mobile workforces.

To learn more about IoT, Cisco Jasper, and how you and your company can capitalize on this recurring revenue business opportunity, check out “Capitalizing on The Internet of Things,” plus “The Hidden Costs of Delivering IoT Services” summary sheet and white paper.